MA, LCMHCS, LMFT,
AAMFT Approved SupervisorHi. I’m Carol and I enjoy helping individuals, couples or families who find themselves struggling in life and relationships. I feel that our working relationship is very important and strive to earn your trust and create a safe place to dive deeper. I love helping people connect the dots from the past to the present and explore their stories using evidence-based models of therapy. I feel strongly that deeper and more holistic approaches to a therapy journey create more fundamental and long-lasting change.Clinical Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Experiential Therapy Training
As a certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, I am very passionate about teaching this model of therapy to whomever may benefit from this approach – new therapists, counselors new to this approach, marriage and family therapists, pastors or pastoral counselors. This evidence-based model of therapy proves to be transformative on a deep level – getting to and healing the roots of wounds that may impact you or your clients today. Through a group or workshop setting, I love the power of developing the person of the therapist. Group training offers the opportunity to learn these approaches to therapy and look at your own story for personal growth.
I have a special interest in gently helping you explore the impact of the hard experiences you may have had that impact you today. We will look at all aspects of your life that have shaped you, at your pace and help you heal and find peace and freedom in this journey. This can take place in individual or couples therapy.
Or, you may be interested in getting deep healing through more intensive group therapy. No matter the level of trauma, exploring with others in a group may the right setting for you. If you feel like you are alone in your struggles, a group can be a powerful and supportive environment in which to heal.
Addictive behavior can be a block to living the life you want to live – there is no shame in admitting you may struggle in this area. I love to help people explore addictive patterns and the roots of these that may have come (in part) from adverse childhood experiences. In addition, I welcome helping those who have significant others caught in the web of addiction heal from the wounds this disease creates in relationships.
As a Christian, I am uniquely prepared to integrate your faith into our therapeutic process. Knowing that many have been wounded spiritually or have other spiritual perspectives, I whole-heartedly respect your beliefs and worldview. It is my honor to walk with you, respecting your perspective – this is your journey.
I work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families with a variety of presenting concerns. Overcoming trauma, personal crises, marital crises, addictions such as online porn, media, and gaming, and anxiety, impulse control and emotional regulation are areas of interest to me. Additionally, I am also pursuing Certification in Sex Addiction working with individual, couples, and trauma associated with this. We at Charlotte Counseling Associates also offer groups to provide additional support for long term freedom. As we work together, I meet you where you are and help you get where you want to be.
CHRIS COOK MACC, LPCA
Chris Cook is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. Chris graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary–Charlotte in 2010. He received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling. Prior to joining SureHope ministry counseling, Chris served in a variety of ministry positions. He has over 10 years experience in ministry. Chris began seeing clients in his internship in 2009, and has worked in a variety of mental health environments. These include private practice, agency and addictions settings.
He has worked with a wide variety of clients and difficulties. Chris specializes in the following areas: men/pastors, trauma, couple’s work, and spiritual issues. Chris takes a holistic approach to working with people that values individuals as physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual and social beings. His background also makes him particularly suited for ministry counseling to work with clergy, church staff, and lay ministers. He assists with whatever problems they may face in a manner that values and utilizes their unique situations. Burn-out prevention and recovery, ministry pressure, isolation and spiritual development are only a few of the issues that this group faces.
Chris is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina in Counselor Education and Supervision. Additionally, he is the Associate Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary–Charlotte.
Cynthia Morris MACC, LPCA
My name is Cynthia Morris. I specialize in stories of harm, childhood trauma and the impact it has had on your heart and how you relate to yourself and others. Together, we can explore in honor and kindness. I have had the privilege of working with a culturally diverse group of people and enjoy working with men, women, families of teens, and groups to address issues such as:
childhood sexual abuse
emotional abuse and neglect
depression and anxiety
fear and anger
shame and sadness
grief and loss
overwhelmed with emotion
numb to emotion
past or current hurts
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. My clinical experience comes from a residential women’s addiction facility and Carolina’s Healthcare System. The people I had the privilege to work with were entrenched in stories of past and present trauma, abuse, and harm. To prepare further for working with trauma, I completed a four week specialized training in Trauma Focused Narrative Therapy at The Allender Center in Seattle. This work is experiential and integrates your mind with memories of the trauma, abuse or harm that is stored in your body. The result of this is increased freedom for living. I also integrate DBT skills training to help soothe you in your body and mind while learning effective relationship skills.
Ultimately, there is always hope! Are you willing to do battle with what has broken your heart? Reaching out to a counselor may seem daunting. Dig deep, courage is there! I welcome your questions and the opportunity to learn your story. My hope is that the work we do together enables you to embrace pain in a way that increases your capacity for true joy, live with more freedom, enjoy deeper relationships, and leave your unique and beautiful mark on the world.
Description of practice:
An addiction or mental health behavior will consume you. We can help lead you in the path to recovery and vitality. Individuals with mental health challenges and/or alcohol, drug and sex addictions often neglect the areas of their lives that are the most important to them such as their health, their family, their friends, their work and their leisure. At CCA, we are passionate about helping individuals and couples that are struggling with these challenges.
Description of Services:
I currently see men, 18 or older.
Jim Katsoudas MACC, LPCA
Thank you for considering me as your counselor. I consider is an honor when my clients share their life with me and allow me to enter into the areas of their life that they find difficult. As a Surehope counselor I believe in creating an atmosphere that is conducive for healing. A safe and friendly place where my clients feel free to honestly express themselves, and work through the problems they face.
I specialize in working with men and the many issues they may face, such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, anger, career and job changes, pornography, sexual addiction, sexual identity issues and problematic sexual behaviors. I also specialize in counseling male teen, ages 14 -18.
In addition, I enjoy counseling women who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. I enjoy counseling couples for premarital counseling and couples for marital counseling. Lastly, I also provide career counseling, helping clients find direction for their vocations in life. As a Christian Counselor, I am available to assist people spiritually and theologically with problems and questions they may have about their spiritual life and the Christian Faith.
I earned my Masters in Christian Counseling degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. My undergraduate work was done at Columbia International University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Church Ministries.
During my Master’s program, I had an opportunity to work with geriatric population in an assisted living facility, and as an intern in a wellness center providing counseling to individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor I worked for fourteen years as a Pastoral Counselor for a nonprofit organization and working extensively with men dealing with problematic sexual behaviors and relational problems.
As a counselor I employ an eclectic approach in counseling using a variety of methods and modalities such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Experiential Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I am also a Certified Prepare & Enrich Facilitator. These are well-established and researched methods of counseling that are widely respected as being effective. As a Christian Counselor I believe in a holistic approach of understanding human life, and offering a compassionate approach to understanding ourselves spiritually.
I am married to my best friend, my wife Teri and she and I are “proudly owned” by our feline Gracie.
Indian Trail, NC
Licensed counselor with 20 + years of experience
Eclectic in style with emphasis on family of origin issues
Advanced Trauma Certification
Specialization: depression, shame/abuse, relationships, grief/loss, addictions especially sex addiction and effects on spouse, anxiety
MARY MOUSSA SHEA MS, LMFT
Welcome! It is such a privilege to be invited into the lives of the families that come into my office! Whether you have been referred or are looking for the right therapist, I’m happy to provide answers to your questions.
I specialize in child therapy and pre-teens (along with their families) who are experiencing anxiety, family stress, changes in family structure due to death or divorce, grief/loss, trauma symptoms, ADD/ADHD, behavioral issues, and difficulties adjusting to developmental changes. I also love to work with parents to help them build healthy communication skills with their children, manage difficult behaviors, and foster a strong attachment relationship. In order to help children reach their fullest potential, I use Play Therapy, as well as elements of Expressive Arts Therapy during sessions. These help to creatively expand the boundaries of the mind and provide a non-threatening environment for children to make sense of their inner world. To understand more about why we play, click here.
In addition to child therapy, I am also passionate about working with multicultural issues, including family stress as a result of immigration, language barriers/communication, etc. I also enjoy working with families and adults experiencing life changes, relationship stress, and self-image issues. I believe that each individual, child, and family is unique—because of this, I integrate different models to fit each client. In particular, I use play therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Narrative Therapy, all evidence-based practices. I believe in treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit, and integrate faith and spirituality into therapy to the extent that it is comfortable to you. I learn a great deal from you as my client and see it as a privilege to be invited into your life. I approach therapy with compassion, playfulness, and openness and respect your courageous decision to pursue therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) here at SureHope Counseling and Training Center. My education background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. I am currently receiving supervision toward certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). My background and training includes clinical experience at Pregnancy Resource Center, a county agency for teens and families engaging in family therapy and parenting groups, eating disorder treatment, as well as volunteer experiences with DivorceCare for Kids.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions! I look forward to working with you.
MIKE VAUGHN MA, LPCS, CSAT
Mike Vaughn is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) and co-founder of SureHope Counseling and Training Center. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a M.A. in counseling, and has been in private practice since graduating in 2003.
While he has worked with clients regarding many different issues in that time, his current specialties are: sexual addiction, trauma, and marital therapy. He is passionate about the power that God brings in the healing of these areas.
Mike has done extensive post graduate training in the sexual addiction, trauma and marital therapy fields. That includes Gottman Method couples therapy (Levels I, II, III) with direct training from John and Julie Gottman in Seattle, WA. He is a provider of EMDR to treat trauma and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT). He has lead therapy groups for affair recovery, sexual addiction and men’s health. He regularly sees couples for intensive therapy and also does intensive trauma work. He is a supervisor for counselors pursuing their licensure.
Mike is a monthly contributor on Charlotte Today (NBC) with over 70 segments aired and has been featured on the Matt & Ramona radio show.
His true joy and focus is God, his wife and three kids. His other passions include all things hiking, camping, sports and reading.
SCOTT A. SMITH MACC, LPC, LCAS, CSAT-C
Hello! My name is Scott Smith. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and is Licensed Clinical Addiction Therapy. I graduated in 2012 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte with a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling. My clinical graduate experience includes working at a long-term care facility with Carolinas Healthcare System and Forest Hill Church, where I worked extensively with pre-marital and married couples.
Prior to coming to SureHope Counseling, I have been working in addiction therapy since 2012 with Daymark Recovery Services in Stanly County, NC, helping couples, individuals, and groups with relationship, substance abuse, and mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, grief and loss, dual diagnosis (co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders), personality disorders, and schizophrenia. I have also begun the certification process of becoming a Certified in Sex Addiction Therapy.
As a former Christian missionary in Spain, I feel comfortable working with people from a variety of ministry contexts, as well as people with no spiritual training or background. I take a respectful, holistic approach to my work, which values each person as a unique individual created by God with a purpose for their life. I utilize multiple therapeutic modalities in my counseling, including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, emotionally-focused, and solution-focused therapies, while emphasizing a spiritual perspective that treats the entire person.
It would be an honor to answer any other questions you may have, and can be reached by phone at 980-785-3319 or by email at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon, and to have the privilege of working with you in the future.
Charlotte, NC, USA
I have a Masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, am a Licensed Professional Counselor in NC, and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist through IITAP. I see adult individuals and couples with relationship issues. I offer an intensive weekly therapy group for partners of individuals struggling with sexual addiction/compulsivity.
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